when orginizing my cards and put them in order, ace on top. I lay them out in the four directions.
North I placed the wands, for its earthy and and the green leafs on the branch. Earth represents fertility and foundation and patience.
West is water, its obviose that the cups fall into water. For water is held in a cup Water is knowledge, emotion and intutition. Like water, energy "flows" in this domain
South is fire, i assigned swords with fir, since fire is distuctive as a sword. fire is will, pasion, and transformation.
Last but not least, air and the penticals. After two years of working with the Rider Waite deck, I could never confirm that air and pentacles go together. Air rules thought and knowledg. traveling and free spirited, but observing the cards the pentacles look more earthy while wands looks more phylisophical. (if that makes sense)
but my only reason for asigning pentacla to air is because of the way all the aces look, cups on the left with hand facing that direction and the pentacle facing oppisite.
im just curiouse to what other people believe and think. to help give me some perspective